PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The Palm Beach County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the alarms for any child transport vans carrying six or more children.
The childcare facility would pay for the alarm and to have it installed. Once that's done, the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, which is funded by taxpayers, would reimburse the daycare center for the equipment and set-up costs.
This ordinance was spawned after the death one year ago of 2-year-old Haile Brockington. The toddler was found dead in a daycare van on a sweltering hot July day.
"It's not the total answer, but it is one more check and balance," said Tana Ebbole, Children's Services Council. "One more tool that we hope can help keep children safe and keep them from dying in this county."
The children's services council says there are more than 400 childcare facilities, but fewer than 200 have formal permits to transport children.